DIY Home Retreat Pt. 2 – Mind

Namaste yogis,
Here’s Part 2 of my DIY Home Yoga Retreat Series, tailored specifically to calm the mind and put you in ease and awareness of your mental functions.
If you put Part 1 to practice, you may notice some similarities in this week’s schedule. While it may seem counterintuitive to help the mind by moving the body and eating well, it was no mystery to the ancient Yogis that our minds and bodies are innately connected. What we do physically will affect our psychology, and vice versa.
This week’s retreat will emphasize HOW we do the things we do- as this shines light on the quality of our mental health.
It is said that the quality of your thoughts will shape the quality of your life.
Today, as you engage with your mind on a more intimate level, be present to observe your thoughts. Notice when you feel challenged and when you flow with ease. Notice when you become distracted. Notice when you’re “in it”. Notice all of these things with the intention of just noticing. Write it down as you go, and take time to reflect afterwards in order to implement the changes you wish to see made. Remember that it’s hard to know how the paint will dry when it’s still wet…
Whether you follow the program exactly, or just use this information as a guide to create your own path to successful health, I hope you find this newsletter both useful and inspiring.
Because each of our needs are a little different, the following schedule will be structured around the phases of your day, rather than by an exact time-table. Do your best to wake up early and take the entire day to nurture yourself- as if you were at a secluded resort with nowhere else to be. If any of the following recommendations do not suit you, then kindly skip over them, and do what you need. Remember this is YOUR time to relax, rejuvenate, revitalize and heal your mind.
Happy Retreating!!
Stacy

DIY Home Retreat Pt. 3 – Soul

Namaste yogis,
Part 3 of my DIY Home Yoga Retreat Series ​​​​​​​is all about getting to the core of it… We’ll be exploring how to soothe your soul with movement, meditation, and purposeful creation.
Before we get started, I’d like to honor that the Soul can mean different things to different people- and that each understanding of this concept should be recognized as valid, as it represents a very personal and intimate relationship to Self. My interpretation of Soul is the Deepest Self. It’s the place within us that is pure, quiet, luminous and innately in touch with Source. Soul is the place in which we dwell when we are peaceful, at ease, and guided by Love. Soul is the glue that holds communities together, and keeps us self aware and anchored in challenging times. Soul is the ultimate You- the perfect original, untarnished by grief, by jealously, by ill-will, by hatred, by greed. Soul is the all-good feeling of being perfectly present.
​​​​​​​Today’s retreat schedule will offer many suggestions for feeding yourself with Soul Food. From positive thoughts, to peaceful practice, this is an opportunity to treat everything you do as nutrition for your deepest self. This DIY Retreat will be somewhat of a combination of Parts 1 and 2- and will take what you’ve learned  to deeper level. If you’ve followed the program up to now, notice your improvements- notice how your intention can guide the same exercises in a different way- notice how you can continually deepen your practice. The beauty of the Yoga practice is that we are never truly done with our work.​​​​​​​ 
Whether you follow the program exactly, or just use this information as a guide to create your own path to successful health, I hope you find this newsletter both useful and inspiring.
Because each of our needs are a little different, the following schedule will be structured around the phases of your day, rather than by an exact time-table. Do your best to wake up early and take the entire day to nurture yourself- as if you were at a secluded resort with nowhere else to be. If any of the following recommendations do not suit you, then kindly skip over them, and do what you need. Remember this is YOUR time to relax, rejuvenate, revitalize and heal your soul.
I look forward to hearing about your DIY Retreat experience. Send me an email at stacy@yoganamastacy.com or post on your social media account and tag @yoganamastacy. When you share, you are helping to create and promote a community centered around health and wellbeing.
Happy Retreating!!
Stacy